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Canada’s Einarson dumps Kazakhstan’s Ebauyer at Pan Continental Championship

Canada’s Kerri Einarson rolled to a 12-1 rout of Kazakhstan’s Angelina Ebauyer on Tuesday at the Pan Continental Curling Championships.

Einarson scored two in the first end and stole three points in the second en route to the six-end triumph at the WinSport Event Centre.

In other round-robin games, South Korea’s Seungyoun Ha defeated Australia’s Jennifer Westhagen 13-1, Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa defeated New Zealand’s Jessica Smith 11-1 and Hong Kong’s Ling-Yue Hung topped Brazil’s Isis Oliveira 8-2.

A top-five finish will secure a berth for Canada in the March 18-26 world women’s championship in Sandviken, Sweden.

As host country, Canada already has a berth in the April 1-9 world men’s playdowns in Ottawa.

In men’s play, Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., evened his record at 1-1 with a 7-1 victory over Brazil’s Marcelo Cabral de Mello.

Canada opened with three in the first end and built a 7-0 lead heading into the seventh.

Brazil scored its only point of the match on a draw in the seventh before conceding.

“I thought we played better today,” said Gushue. “We didn’t have any of the big misses we had in the second half of [Monday’s] game. We made some adjustments and hopefully we’ll be OK.”

For the first time in his career, Gushue left the game after the fifth end to rest a troublesome hip, and allow alternate Nathan Young, who won a mixed doubles gold medal at the 2020 Youth Winter Olympic Games, to throw a few shots.

“There was a lot of tightness in last night’s game and I got some work done on it,” said Gushue. “It still doesn’t feel great, but I’m just trying to give it a little extra rest and get some more treatment today.

“We have a two-game day tomorrow and a two-game day the day after, so I’m just trying to feel a little bit better. It was a good opportunity to get Nathan in there; it was nice to see him out there.”

Competition continues through Sunday.

Steve Carr

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